Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands That are Fashionably Conscious
When it comes to choosing good, conscious clothing brands, we should consider what ethical steps are employed by brands separately from the sustainable practices. When we think of being ethical, it's all about the welfare of the workers, and being sustainable focuses on the choice of materials and manufacturing processes. The majority are doing both. Ethical and sustainable clothing brands take a wrap-around approach to improving all aspects of how they work and the choices they make.
Some ethical brands are small, niche, and manufacture in-house so they can oversee the wellbeing of their employees first hand. Other brands outsource to factories overseas and rely on independent initiatives, like Sedex, to ensure they are choosing ethical manufacturers in the first instance, and have continuous monitoring of their supply chains. Other brands, like Carolina K and Lemlem, work with co-operatives to ethically employ artisans in poor, isolated communities.
Sustainable brands are conscious in their choice of fabrics, often sourcing organic or recycled materials. Brands like Banjanan use natural dyes, and others like Boyish create their entire clothing line from recycled eco-friendly fabrics. Scroll down for an inspiring look at some great ethical and sustainable clothing brands.
Banjanan is a clothing label making feminine print dresses using traditional artisanal printing and embroidery techniques in Jaipur, India.
BOYISH is a line of sustainable women's denim featuring vintage finishes and modern cuts. Produced entirely of recycled eco-friendly fabrics.
Chinti and Parker is a British brand creating luxuriously crafted cashmere clothing and knitwear in timeless styles.
DL1961 makes denim clothing from ethically sourced, premium cotton. The brand's conscious, sustainable practices minimizes water usage.
ELEVEN SIX is a NY-based brand specializing in women's knitwear. Produced sustainably by artisans in South America.
Girlfriend Collective makes sustainable activewear out of recycled materials. The range is size-inclusive and uses simple block colors for versatility.
Lemlem is the ethical women's clothing label started by supermodel Liya Kebede. Made of handwoven cotton by artisans in her native Africa.
Maggie Marilyn is a New Zealand brand with an elegant and timeless style. You'll especially love the whimsical names for her creative pieces.